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Cruise-In benefit for homeless veterans revs up

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and make your way to the third annual classic car Cruise-In on Saturday.

The free Cruise-In community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Valley Catholic High School, 4275 S.W. 148th Ave., in Beaverton.

Funds raised from the event support The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center on Farmington Road, which houses and serves homeless veterans and their families.

Classic cars, fire trucks, police cars, a SWAT car, motorcycles and military vehicles will be some of the featured vehicles. There will also be activities for children, a blue grass band, car and bike trophies, prizes, and food for sale at the event. This marks the third year the Veterans and Family Center has hosted this Cruise-In for the community.

“The response has been welcoming and encouraging,” said Rick Stoller, executive director of the Veterans and Family Center. “One of our main goals when we moved to this building in 2011 was to build a relationship with the community and create a community for the veterans we serve.

“We’re hosting this event so community members can show off their cars and support a great program... We want people to have a good time while supporting our veterans.”

The Veterans and Family Center serves veterans from all branches of the service, but what makes it unique is it also serves the spouse and children of the veteran, Stoller said.

While funding for veteran programs is available, funding to extend services and housing to the veterans’ family is a challenge, putting a strain on the Veterans and Family Center budget. However, despite the challenge, Stoller said The Salvation Army considers it a privilege to serve veterans and their family members and is asking the community to support the center through this fundraising effort.